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Regional development and decentralisation inquiry

Regional Development and Decentralisation Inquiry - join the conversation

October 18, 2017 3:55 PM

The government has agreed to Cathy’s call to set up a national inquiry to investigate and report on best practice approaches to regional development and decentralisation. Join the conversation.

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Regional inquiry: your voice matters

October 18, 2017 3:54 PM

"Your voice matters" - Indi way alive and well in inquiry submissions

"The Indi way is alive and well in my electorate — the idea of engaging in politics, of putting a call out and having it answered, of people taking responsibility for speaking up and for having a say, of democracy in action."

Cathy has congratulated and acknowledged in Parliament the many submissions from Indi to the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation. View the speech here.

Indi's regional development best-practice on show

October 12, 2017 3:10 PM

Today marks a unique opportunity for the voices of North East Victoria to influence policy at a national level.

The community called for action on proper regional policy, and now it is happening. The response from North East Victoria to the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation has been overwhelming. One fifth of submissions have come from Indi – more than any other electorate. As an independent representative and a member of the inquiry committee, I couldn’t be more proud.

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Public hearings into regional development continue in Bendigo

October 10, 2017 8:52 AM

Bendigo is a great case study in successful regional development. The region’s solid manufacturing base, good health and education services and excellent public transport are the result of sustained government and industry investment. 

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Join the inquiry conversation - workforce development

September 18, 2017 4:30 PM

My question following the first public hearing of the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation: What has government done well to develop the labour force for the regions, particularly Indi? To communicate the strengths of the regions? What could it do better? Join the conversation on Facebook.

Indi has great examples of workforce development in our TAFEs, universities, NETracks LLEN and NELLEN, and the Alpine Valleys Dairy Pathways Project. 

At the public hearing the Committee heard how:

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Share ideas to influence the future - submissions due 15 September

September 09, 2017 8:00 AM

One week remains for anyone with an idea to influence the future of rural and regional Australia.

From high school kids to business owners, professionals to retirees, people are full of great ideas and solutions for the big issues. Rail, the environment, education, employment, NBN and mobile phones – they get how connected it all is. They know what's good for the community and how to engage with people and local knowledge to come up with effective solutions.
This is a call to all those people. Now’s the time send those ideas to the Parliament’s inquiry into regional development and decentralisation. 

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Regional inquiry issues paper tabled

August 25, 2017 5:06 PM

The Select Committee for the Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation has tabled an issues paper.

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Young people encouraged to have a say in inquiry through #YouthForIndi

August 25, 2017 5:04 PM

Cathy is encouraging young people in Indi to submit their ideas about regional development to the NESAY (North East Support and Action for Youth) #YouthForIndi project. Five submissions from people aged 16-25 will be short-listed for submission to the national Inquiry into Regional Development and Decentralisation. 
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Video - Regional development and decentralisation

August 25, 2017 5:04 PM

About the House have published a video on the inquiry into regional development and decentalisation.

From Cathy - the strength of the regions lies in our connectedness

August 25, 2017 4:58 PM

There is nowhere more innovative or agile than regional Australia. The strength of the regions lies in our connectedness. Our survival depends on building connections. Those living in rural communities know education, health and employment have to be addressed together, not in silos. For a regional policy to have legitimacy it needs the same approach; it must make connections in consultation with the communities it affects.

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